NESDA's MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - ISSUE #29 - MAY'96.
This electronic newsletter is a publication of the Network for
Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA).
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Subjects of special interest to our readers, information
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This newsletter is also available in French.
1. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN OF ZAIRE
2. MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON HUMID CENTRAL AFRICA FOREST
3. IIED CALL FOR INFO ON COMMUNITY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
4. CREATION OF A NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS IN AFRICA
5. THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ORGANIZES WORKSHOP ON
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVE
6. THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF THE WORLD BANK
ORGANIZED A TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR TRAINERS ON POLITICAL
ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
@HEADLINE = NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PLAN OF ZAIRE
The Government of Zaire has decided to prepare a National
Environmental Action Plan (NEAP) within the framework of the
recommendations of the Rio Conference (UNCED, 1992). The
Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism has
therefore requested the Interministerial Coordination
Committee (CIC) in charge of the follow up and implementation
activities of the Rio recommendations, to organize working
groups of stakeholders and partners including the private
sector, the scientific institutions and NGOs.
The governmental has requested support of the United Nations
Development Program for (UNDP) for the NEAP elaboration
process in the framework of the project called "Support to
Strategic Management of the Environment". During ongoing phase
going (November 1995 to november 1996), the objective of the
Government is to formulate the country's environmental policy
and set up priority actions to be undertaken with regard to
environmental management in collaboration with the UNDP and
The expected results of the NEAP process are articulated in
the following four points:
1. Analysis of the current state of environment and
development in Zaire
2. Adoption by the Government of a Declaration of a National
Strategy for Environment and Sustainable Development
3. Preparation of a Legislative Framework for the Environment
(Code de l'Environnement)
4. Definition of a Priority Action Plan for the Environment
For more information, contact:
Dr. KANKOLONGO MUJIKA Guy Sylvain, Executif Secretary of CIC -
Kinshasa, tel 33250 or 33253.
@HEADLINE =IIED PROJECT ON COMMUNITY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
The International Institute fir Environment and Development
(IIED) has initiated a three-year research program to
investigate and evaluate the environmental, social and
economic dimensions and impacts of community wildlife
management (CWM) initiatives in developed and developing
countries, and examine the conditions which contribute to
IIED is therefore seeking to identify institutions and
-working in the field of community wildlife management;
-involved in research which is relevant to the project we are
-involved in, or can provide information about community
wildlife management projects and initiatives in particular
-interested in collaborating with IIED in this program.
If you can help, please get in touch with:
Dr Barry Dalal-Clayton
Environmental Planning Group
International Institute for Environment and Development
3 Endsleigh Street
London WCIH 0DD, UK
Tel: 44 (0) 171 388 2117
Fax: 44 (0) 171 388 2826
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or EEIIED@aol.com
@HEADLINE CREATION OF THE NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
A Network for Environmental Economics in Africa (RAFEEN is the
French acronym) has been created during the last World Bank's
EDI training workshop for trainers organized in Washington
The objectives of the Network among others, are the following:
- to strengthen, economic analysis, research, training and
information management capacities in the field of sustainable
- to increase technical cooperation and experience sharing
among experts from different countries.
- to develop and disseminate information on environmental
economics in Africa.
The members of the Network commented and adopted the legal
documents which have been prepared for the Network by NESDA
and NEAP-CI. A new bureau was elected. The members of the new
Network expect to benefit from NESDA's experience in
"networking" and management of the environment and natural
resources in Africa.
Most of the NEAPs in Africa have identified the lack of
economic analysis as a weakness during the preparatory
process. It is therefore hoped that the creation of the
Network, which will bring together practioners in the subject
area, will increase the importance of environmental economics
in the Africa region.
Information on the Association can be obtained from:
Dr. Kone Tiekoura
08 BP 9 Abidjan
Tel: 225. 44 41 44
Fax: 225. 44 68 11
or Abou Bamba of NESDA
MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON HUMID CENTRAL AFRICA FOREST
A Conference on Humid Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa was
organized in Brazaville by the Government of Congo in
collaboration with IUCN, OAB, ECOFAC, CIRAD-Foret and UNESCO
from Mai 28-31, 1996.
The objectives of the conference were among others, as
. to initiate at the subregional level a discussion on
sustainable management of tropical forest in Central Africa,
by bringing together politicians, technicians and NGOs.
. to facilitate the comprehension of international regulatory
instruments for conservation (e.g: chapter #11 of Agenda 21
and the Convention on Biodiversity).
. To promote the establishment of a framework for discussion
and information sharing among subregional countries in order
to harmonize the different national policies of forestry
. To sensitise governments, parliaments, civil society,
etc...on the ecological, economical and cultural importance of
forests in Central Africa.
More than 100 participants attended the conference and four
working groups were established on the following themes;
. sustainable management of forestry resources policies and
. institutional aspects and the role of NGOs
. resources raising for a sustainable development
. subregional and international cooperation
The participants adopted the Declaration of Brazaville,
constituting the core of a subregional cooperation in forestry
management. Ministers in charge of the management of humid
forest ecosystems of all Central African countries (expect
CAR) attended the Conference.
Working groups reports and a copy of the Declaration are
available at NESDA Secretariat for consultation.
@HEADLINE =THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ORGANIZES
WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR SENIOR
AfDB organized on June 3, 1996, a "Senior Executif Seminar" on
"Environment and Sustainable Development".
This seminar was organized in the framework of AfDB's
"Institutional Strengthening Program for Environmental
Management" (ISPEM). ISPM, funded by USAID has been devised
to: "increase the number and amount of environmentally sound
loans approved by AfDB annually by enhancing environmental and
management skills at all levels and providing technical
assistance for the development of environmental guidelines and
an Environmental Resource Center (ECR).
The goals of the seminar, as stated by the terms of reference
of the program, were to :
"Demonstrate..the connection between the three elements of
- economic growth,
- poverty reduction, and
- environmental protection.
"Increase participants' understanding of the relationships
between the Bank's lending policies and development goals."
"Illustrate the potential positive and negative impacts of
specific projects on environmental quality"
Participants at the seminar were; Executive Directors, Senior
Executive staff, and representatives of the Board of
After this seminar, ISPEM will provide other seminars for
department directors and sector specialists of AfDB, as well
as US-based short-term training for selected bank staff, and
other On-The-Job Training (OJT) facilities as part of the
Bank's environmental activities
@HEADLINE =THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF THE WORLD
BANK ORGANIZED A TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR TRAINERS ON POLITICAL
ECNOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
The objective of this two-week training workshop which brought
together about thirty (30) participants from more than 10
francophone African countries, was to focus on the important
links which exist between macro-economics, sectoral and
environmental issues, and take into account EIAs in the
economic analysis of projects in SSA.
The workshop underlined the macro/micro economic
(policies/projects) dimension of environmental economics.
Participants were selected from trainers in Universities,
Ministries of Environment civil servants, public training
centers, NGOs and private firms. Lectures were given by mostly
World Bank and US-EPA (Environment Protection Agency) staff.
The long list of themes includes the following:
. Africa Long Term Perspectives Plans
. National Accounting Review
. Sectorial Analysis of the environment
. Macro-economic policy and the environment
. Economical instruments
. Economical instruments to set up a good environmental
. NEAPs and Economics
. Political Analysis Matrix (PAM)
. Nexus of Poverty, Economic Development and Environment
. Project Analysis and environmental impacts assessment
. ECOZONE (a software designed to analyze the financial,
economic, environmental and social aspects of
. Economic evaluation of environmental damages (contingency
analysis, hedonic methods, willingness to pay, cost-
. International Environmental Law
. addressing the problems in a sustainable development
. defining the setting up of priorities in the NEAPs helping
decision- makers, the markets and institutions
. integrating EIAs in the initial phase of the projects cycle
. evaluating the inputs and outputs identified in the EIA but
which has not been put a figure on
. computerized analysis of agricultural projects with
This training was deigned to provide the participants with new
skills in economics which will enable them to train others.